H.R. 1891 (107th): Clean Diesel Fuel Provider Relief Act

107th Congress, 2001–2002. Text as of May 17, 2001 (Introduced).

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HR 1891 IH

107th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1891

To amend section 211 of the Clean Air Act to eliminate the phase-in period for the reduction of sulfur content in diesel fuel.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 17, 2001

Mr. BRYANT (for himself and Mr. GORDON) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To amend section 211 of the Clean Air Act to eliminate the phase-in period for the reduction of sulfur content in diesel fuel.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Clean Diesel Fuel Provider Relief Act’.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    Congress finds the following:

      (1) The petroleum distribution system in the United States has a strong impact on the supply and availability of products in the various markets in the United States.

      (2) The petroleum distribution system was developed for limited types of products to be distributed.

      (3) Environmental regulations have substantially increased the number of products distributed in the United States.

      (4) The interaction between the number of products in a market may affect the overall supply to an area.

      (5) The recently finalized regulations establishing a 15 ppm sulfur standard for diesel fuel coupled with a phase-in will require the distribution system to handle multiple grades of diesel and kerosene to handle this new requirement.

      (6) The existence of two grades of on-road diesel in the market may lead to misfueling of vehicles which will undermine the benefits of this vital regulation.

      (7) Eliminating the second grade of on-road diesel will put less stress on the distribution system, and will likely benefit consumers as less stress is put on supply and the environment as potential misfueling incidents are eliminated.

SEC. 3. ELIMINATION OF SULFUR REDUCTION PHASE-IN REQUIREMENT.

    (a) AMENDMENT- Section 211(i) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7545) is amended by adding the following at the end thereof:

    ‘(5) Effective September 1, 2006, no person shall manufacture, sell, supply, or offer for sale or supply, dispense, transport, or introduce into commerce motor vehicle diesel fuel which contains a concentration of sulfur in excess of 15 ppm or which fails to meet a cetane minimum index of 40 and a maximum aromatic content of 35 volume percent.’.

    (b) REGULATIONS- Not later than 12 months after enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall promulgate regulations to implement and enforce the requirements of paragraph (5) of section 211(i) of the Clean Air Act, as added by this Act.